FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Council of the City of New York
Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22
October 31, 2018
Contact: Terence Cullen
Constantinides, Elected Officials, Community Leaders Joins Parks Department to Officially Reopen Louis C. Moser Park in Jackson Heights
Astoria, N.Y. — Elected officials, community leaders and the Department of Parks & Recreation joined the Moser family yesterday to christen the newly minted Louis C. Moser Park in Jackson Heights, named for the dedicated late civic leader, which recently underwent a $1.87 million renovation.
“Louis C. Moser’s legacy lives on with this beautifully redone park, work for which I was proud during my first term in office,” said Council Member Costa Constantinides, District 22. “Jackson Heights families will be able to enjoy its new amenities in a beautiful setting. This is what Louis C. Moser advocated so fiercely for, so we are now paying tribute to that labor of love.”
Work began last October to install new play equipment, swings, an adult fitness area. Parks also installed new plantings, replaced underground drains and pipes, installed new spray showers and drinking fountains, and repaved the playground. Constantinides allocated $1.37 million toward the reconstruction with the remaining $500,000 coming from the Mayor’s Office.
In October 2017, the Parks Department announced that then-Bulova Park, located on 25th Avenue at 77th Street, would be renamed after North Queens Home Owners’ Civic Association founder Louis C. Moser. He started the neighborhood organization in 1941 with just 10 families, which grew to 700 when he died in 1983. Mr. Moser also fought for traffic safety — advocating for more pedestrian signals and traffic lights — as well as parks and playgrounds for the neighborhood.
“I am proud to welcome the opening of Louis C. Moser Park in Jackson Heights,” said Representative Joe Crowley. “With its newly installed upgrades for kids and adults, Queens families can now enjoy the outdoors together while honoring the hard work of Mr. Moser. I look forward to seeing Moser Park enjoyed by all for years to come.”
“I would like to thank Council Member Constantinides for spearheading the much-needed reconstruction of Louis Moser Park. Keeping our parks in good condition should be a top priority so that children and families in Jackson Heights can enjoy all the recreational spaces that our community has to offer,” said Assembly Member Michael DenDekker.
“Louis C. Moser fought throughout his life to give the people of Jackson Heights the community they deserve,” said Jessica Ramos, candidate for Senate District 13, representing Jackson Heights and surrounding areas. “Today, opening this newly renovated park is the best way we can honor his legacy and continue giving neighbors a place to meet.”
“The newly renovated Louis C. Moser Park represents what inspired individuals who are united together in a community can accomplish,” said Jerry Eng, current President of the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association. “The park will be a catalyst and an inspiration to our organization, as we continue the work of our founder Louis C. Moser to improve the quality of life in our community. Special thanks to Council Member Costa Constantinides, the NYC Parks Department and others who were involved with the completion of the Louis C. Moser Park.”
“As past president of the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association it is a pleasure to see what a good job the city has done to the park and a honor to have it named for a man who had a great vision to see that the neighborhood would be taken care of and that it has grown to what it is today as this was my vision. It was with great pleasure that I served this community,” said Donna Raymond, past President of the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association.
Costa Constantinides represents the New York City Council’s 22nd District, which includes his native Astoria along with parts of Jackson Heights, Woodside, and East Elmhurst. He serves as chair of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee and sits on four additional committees: Parks, Transportation, For-Hire Vehicles, and Land Use, as well as the sub-committee on Zoning and Franchises.